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Tobias Smollett, in his creation of the Scot Roderick Random, exposes the sheer incompetence and injustice of the Royal Navy, as well as the snobbery and hypocrisy prevalent in English middle-class society at the time. Set in the mid-18th century, this picaresque novel follows the life and adventures of Roderick, the eponymous hero who has been shunned by his gentleman father's family on the basis of the lowliness of his mother's family. Expelled from school, Roderick falls back on his natural wit and the support of his maternal uncle. Embarking on a global voyage, hindered by his naivete and with only a few friends to help him, he pursues the rich ladies of the world in order to rise into the high society from which he was rudely ejected. He ends up twice serving on British ships, latterly a warship onto which he is press-ganged. Where will his travels take him?
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Great smollet work and excellent narration
Tobias Smollett may not be for everyone, but I'm a huge fan and I consider him a master of the picaresque genre. He also apparently was a huge influence on Dickens , but I prefer him to Dickens . This interpretation by Peter Kenny is excellent because he is able to do justice to the many different dialects and character voices and really bring the work to life